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Yom Kippur

​    by Reb Gutman Locks   

Yom Kippur


    "For on this day He will forgive you, purity you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G-d"[i] The holiest day of the year; thank G-d for this day of forgiveness.


     One of the high points in the Yom Kippur prayer service comes when we call out;

"Teshuvah, Tefilla, Tzedakah"

                                         (Repentance, Prayer, Charity)

     Where this prayer appears in the holiday prayer books the rabbis have inserted a word above each of them. Above Repentance is fasting, above Prayer is voice, and about Charity is money.

     The obvious reason they are there is to point out the tools we use to accomplish those deeds. But there is a deeper reason the rabbis chose those specific words to teach that lesson. Each of these words has the same gematria (numerical value). The letters in each word add up to 136. Now why did the rabbis go out of their way to choose those particular words? There are many other words that could have taught these lessons. Having the same gematria shows us that each of these acts, Repentance, Prayer and Charity are equally important. We need them all.     

     The next question is, why 136? What does this number have to do with this subject? To search for the answer look at all the other words in the Chumash (Torah) that have that same gematria and see if you can find something they have in common.

Gematria-The Spice of Torah by Gutman Locks


[i] Leviticus 16:30


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